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Cut Down Day For Cowboys

It is a day of reckoning. A day that no “bubble” player looks forward to. It is the day that you go about your business and hope that you don’t hear those infamous words, “Coach wants to see you, bring your playbook.” Those eight words might as well be the sound of your dreams being squashed. For 22 Dallas Cowboy hopefuls, those words will be uttered and a dream will come to an end, at least for most. Sure, there is hope for 8 players who may end up on the practice squad, and some others who may be lucky enough to be picked up by another NFL team. But for many players, and not just Cowboys, they will be looking for work.

With all the interesting camp battles that have happening there are a couple of positions where the Cowboys will be forced to make tough decisions:

Wide Receiver – Much has been made about the battle between surprise rookie free agent Kevin Ogletree and fourth year Isaiah Stanback. They have been battling it out for the 5th and possibly 6th receiver spot(s). With the preseason games finished, it would be a huge surprise if Ogletree did not win that battle. After those two you have “Fourth and Long” star Jesse Holley, seventh round pick Manuel Johnson, and CFL standout Mike Jefferson. All three of these guys have talent, but no more than one of them will likely be added to the practice roster.

Quarterback – Going into training camp this position was not a tough one to figure out. Tony Romo is your starter, Jon Kitna is you backup, and Stephen McGee is your third string. No one thought that Rudy Carpenter would make the team. After watching him play against Minnesota in the preseason finale last night, many people found themselves pulling for him to make the squad. It almost seemed like people have endeared themselves to him like they did with Sean Astin’s character in the 1993 film “Rudy”. Keeping four quarterbacks is a luxury no team can afford, so there will be an interesting decision made here too. Do you put your injured fourth round pick, Stephen McGee, on IR so that you can keep Rudy Carpenter? If so, McGee’s progress will be halted not being able to practice and work with coaches for the rest of the year. You could cut Carpenter and hope to sign him to the practice squad but if you cannot sign him, you will not have a scout team quarterback for another couple of weeks until McGee returns.

Linebacker – This was considered one of the deepest positions on the team as far as bodies were concerned. Now, with so many injuries to the position, the decision becomes very difficult. With third round pick Jason Williams out for 3-5 weeks and fourth round pick Brandon Williams is on IR for the year; couple that with heavy speculation that sixth rounder Stephen Hodge will be added to that list, the Cowboys have lost a lot of depth at the position. One could assume that Victor Butler is safe being that he was a fourth round pick, and Steve Octavien and Matt Stewart played themselves into serious consideration to hang around this season and you have some tough decisions to make here as well.

No matter how this shakes down for the Dallas Cowboys we do know that the first-team players are likely to be as predicted. But, we also know that the Cowboys will have a lot of interesting choices to made in the next few hours.

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One Response to “Cut Down Day For Cowboys”

  1. E says:

    As far as receiver I think we need to get rid of the old… they’ve had at least 2 seasons to show and prove and have done anything so get rid of dead weight (mike jefferson and isaiah stanbach) and let the new guys have a shot to make a difference

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